Expectations on Clinton win

NEW YORK — More Republicans now think Democrat Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump, will win the presidency, as their party’s candidate struggles with difficulties including allegations of sexual misconduct and his suggestion he may not honour the outcome of the election.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday and conducted from October 20-24 found that 41 per cent of Republicans expected Mrs Clinton to win the November 8 election, versus 40 per cent who picked Mr Trump. That reflected a sharp decline in confidence from last month when 58 per cent of Republicans said they thought their party’s nominee would win, versus 23 per cent for Mrs Clinton.

Forty-nine per cent of Mr Trump’s supporters said they believed he would win, down from 67 per cent who felt that way at the beginning of the month.

“There’s still hope, I guess. I just don’t have a great deal of faith in a good portion of the American public,” said Bert Horsley, 38, of Belgrade, Montana, who said he planned to vote for Mr Trump even though he believed Clinton would win. Horsley said he felt the country was leaning increasingly socialist and that voters were more inclined to focus on Mr Trump’s problems.

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